Senator Hurtado asking the state for law enforcement help in Kern County

Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — "In July of 2021 we had 303 vacancies in the Sheriff's Office, today we have 413," Donny Youngblood, Sheriff for the Kern County Sheriff's Office, said. "In 14 months we've lost 100-people that don't fill positions anymore that are vacant."

Those calls now being echo'd by senator Melissa Hurtado to get more deputies here.

She sent a letter to the California Attorney General Rob Bonta, requesting he direct the California Department of Justice to create a special law enforcement task force to provide immediate help to kern county to tackle rising violence and homicide rates.

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